FaceTime to Help Planners and Suppliers "Meet Different" at MPI's February Conference

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After a Successful Debut at the 2009 Motivation Show, Elite Meetings International's FaceTime™ Appointment Scheduler will Power the Hosted Buyer Program at MeetDifferent 2010

We are happy to confirm that MPI will use FaceTime as a vehicle for helping attendees identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another

Elite Meetings International (EMI), a provider of integrated solutions to enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals, announced that its proprietary FaceTime appointment scheduling technology has been selected to facilitate connections, appointments and scheduling between top professionals participating in the Hosted Buyer Program at Meeting Professionals International's (MPI) MeetDifferent Conference, February 20-23, 2010, in Cancun, Mexico. The announcement follows the successful launch of FaceTime at the Hosted Buyer Program at the 2009 Motivation Show, held last month in Chicago.

"We are happy to confirm that MPI will use FaceTime as a vehicle for helping attendees identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another," said Kelly Foy, chief executive officer of Elite Meetings. He concluded, "Having received tremendously positive feedback from FaceTime's debut at the Motivation Show, we look forward to continuing to demonstrate the product's unique features and benefits to meeting and hospitality professionals in the months leading up to MeetDifferent. "

All About FaceTime

FaceTime is EMI's proprietary streamlined technology for helping buyers and sellers request, create and manage appointments. Features of the product include:

  •     Simple and instantaneous appointment scheduling.
  •     Detailed user information allowing potential business to be identified easily.
  •     "Smart" scheduling via cross-referencing multiple appointment schedules and suggesting available slots.
  •     Advanced communications functions through real-time appointment request system and streamlined responses.
  •     Easily accessible display and printing of comprehensive event schedule with appointments.
  •     An appointment "alert" system that notifies participants of additions, changes, cancellations and messages from other event participants.

"We are delighted to partner with Elite Meetings International to feature FaceTime at our Hosted Buyer Program at MeetDifferent," said Bridget Sypolt, Director of Events for MPI, the meeting and event industry's largest and most vibrant community, which has more than 24,000 members and 71 chapters worldwide. She concluded, "For the first time ever, MeetDifferent will forego a traditional trade show set up, in an effort to allow participants to structure personalized, one-on-one interactions that generate direct results. We believe FaceTime will be instrumental in helping us achieve this goal."

MeetDifferent is an annual conference that offers meeting professionals a wide array of educational, networking and sales events to help professionals drive performance and deliver results. The Hosted Buyer Program brings together pre-qualified planners and suppliers in an intensive series of one-on-one meetings designed to generate future business for both parties. For more information regarding MeetDifferent 2010 and the Hosted Buyer Program, please visit http://www.mpimeetdifferent.org.

About Elite Meetings International

Based in Santa Barbara, Elite Meetings International (EMI) provides integrated solutions to enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals. EMI supports this community through a combination of innovative technology, direct sales support, customized marketing programs and face-to-face business-building events. Additionally, http://www.EliteMeetings.com serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury, upper-upscale and upscale properties. EMI's innovations include FaceTime™, a widely used program for helping buyers and sellers - across any industry - identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another; and SpeedRFP™ (http://www.SpeedRFP.com), a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit http://www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805-730-1000.

For more information on FaceTime, contact sales@EliteMeetings.com, or call (805) 730-1000.

About MPI
Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meeting and event industry's largest and most vibrant global community, helps our members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. MPI membership is comprised of more than 24,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide. For additional information, visit http://www.mpiweb.org.

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